New UTRGV president visits UTB and UTPA
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Today is the day that new UTRGV President Dr. Guy Bailey finally got the opportunity to meet face-to-face with some of his future students, faculty and staff.
"It's not everyday that the president has time for students so it's great to know that he's there for us," said UTB SGA vice president Philip Martinez.
"You couldn't ask for better students than you have right here," said Dr. Bailey.
"To see him actually on our campus and with our students and with our faculty and staff is really a day of celebration for us because we've been waiting for this a long time," said UTB president Dr. Juliet Garcia.
At UTB, Dr. Bailey discussed the impact the new medical school will have on the Valley, the use of technology to expand learning among students, and the importance of working with students, which many took note of:
"I'm so glad that Dr. Bailey's so open minded, and he's willing to help the students," said UTB SGA president Erendira Santillana.
"He's showing that he's really involved with the students and that he's gonna make different changes to improve us and the community," said UTB student Adriana Contreras.
"He feels that student success is very important and that's what we need right now," said UTB student Julio Figueroa.
"Everyone has a fair chance in this new university and we just want the Rio Grande Valley to rise as a whole," said Nancy Aldape.
But while excitement levels are high, Dr. Bailey hasn't forgotten about the potential adversities that may lie ahead:
Dr. Bailey says one of his greatest challenges as president is the sheer fact that this type of merger has never even been attempted before.
"We're merging two existing institutions and adding a medical school," said Dr. Bailey. "That's not been done before...but I think the end result of that is so exciting that it's well worth the challenge."